The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax (UUCF) is a liberal religious congregation whose mission is to transform
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"Creating Justice: UUCF Steps Forward (Part 3)"
Date: Mar. 8, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig and Acting Minister for Social Justice John Monroe. Description: As Rev. Jennifer and Rev. Julie travel to Alabama for the 50th anniversary of the fateful march in Selma, Rev. Laura and John Monroe challenge us to follow our own call to social justice. Over the next five years, our Reach capital campaign will create unprecedented resources to help us serve the broader community and live our UU values in new, bigger ways. It’s up to us to create the vision and make it happen. Monthly theme: Senses. Religious Exploration: RE classes are all in session. Grades K-6 begin in the Chapel.
"A Sense of Power in Real Life"
Date: Mar. 15, 2015, 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. Minister: Worship Associate-led services with Devon Yi and Bob Kaminski or Bill Ades. Description: Three UUCF members, Craig Clark, Satori Greene and Karen Wolf, share their reflections on power in real life. As we deepen our connections and celebrate our diversity this month through the "Exploring Diversity" Dinners, these UUCF members tell us the unexpected stories of their discovery of real life power in their own life stories. This second in a series of of three worship-associate led services offers the UUCF community new insights into the power of the human spirit. Monthly theme: Senses. Religious Exploration: RE classes are all in session. Grades K-6 begin in the Chapel.
Worship Café is a new and more intimate way to explore our worship topics through music, readings and small group conversations. Every Saturday, starting Jan. 24, 4:30 p.m., Sanctuary Commons.
"Creating Justice: UUCF Steps Forward (Part 3)"
Date: Mar. 7, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Minister: Description: Featuring music by Dave Anderson. Monthly theme: Senses. Religious Exploration: RE at Sunday services only.
"A Sense of Power in Real Life"
Date: Mar. 14, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Minister: Description: Featuring music by Difficult Run String Band. Monthly theme: Senses. Religious Exploration: RE at Sunday services only.
“This is what we do”
by Rev. Jennifer Brooks. We almost canceled the concert. But the musicians, in their grief, said that if they had to choose between playing music together or staying home alone, they would play music together. One of them said, “It’s what we do.” So on Saturday night, just a few days after the heart-wrenching death of our beloved Pawel Jura, Director of Music and Arts, musicians of “UUCF Banding Together” rocked the Sanctuary. It was an epic tribute to their inspirational teacher, mentor, friend. It wasn’t only the musicians who came, but the whole community: people of all ages. Children danced with their teddy bears. Teens danced in a circle of friends (and allowed their parents to dance). Elders defied aging joints and danced. Everyone sang along whether we knew the words or not. Together we found joy in the midst of grief. We’re a community. It’s what we do.We grieve but we don’t grieve alone. Community doesn’t let anyone grieve alone. Our UU community holds us, supports us, gives us courage to carry on, shows us love, helps us find joy. A death like this one is so hard to understand. Pawel was vibrant, smiling, alive. He encouraged us to try new things, to stretch beyond our comfort zones. He made us laugh. We only knew him for seven months, but he gave so much in that short time. He gave unstintingly to our youth, mentoring them and bringing them into our worship services where they glowed with promise. The Virginia Medical Examiner has confirmed that this beautiful spirit took his own life. His passing was peaceful, but what a loss. How can we create meaning from this sadness? Let us start with understanding. Depression is an insidious illness that can lock its sufferers in silence, wrongly convincing them that there is no help. It warps reality. It filters out the positive messages. Without access to the very real help that is available, life seems impossibly painful. (Click here for resources on suicide prevention and depression.) Yet despite all this, despite his struggles, Pawel touched us. He shone in our lives like a light. He talked occasionally about discovering Unitarian Universalism. It was when he first began working at the UU Society: East in Manchester, CT, where he was music director before moving to Virginia and UUCF. Before that he hadn’t heard of Unitarian Universalism. Then he found a place filled with love and acceptance. “It saved my life,” he said seriously to me one day. We all long for love and acceptance. We long for community – authentic community that accepts us and holds us and helps us grow in our own unique way. Unitarian Universalism offers us that. It’s up to us here and now to offer Unitarian Universalism to everyone who needs it; to all whose lives might be saved. Pawel’s life, filled with love and fire, was saved long enough to give us the gift of knowing him for a short while. Too short a time, but long enough to change us. Now his life invites us to make a light of our own lives. His love for UUs and what we offer the world invites us to make UUCF a light. Perhaps that’s the meaning we can carry forward from this sorrow – the meaning we will create so that Pawel’s presence among us is not lost. It’s what we do. NOTE: Memorial services for Pawel Jura are planned both here at UUCF and at the UU Society: East. We will share details when they are available.
Three pre-candidates chosen
Jan. 26, 2015. The Parish Minister Search Team has reached agreement on three parish minister pre-candidates. Over the next two months, we will explore every aspect of our mutual fit with each of them. The common sentiment among PMST members is that each of the ministers we interviewed would have been excellent, but the final three are truly exceptional. We know you have high expectations – so do we – and so do these pre-candidates. We are indeed blessed and lucky. In our next communication in early April we will announce the name of the candidate we have chosen. Right after that announcement, we will schedule Candidating Week activities. (For those who have already offered suggestions, thank you). In the meantime, enjoy the vibrant activities at UUCF and prepare yourself for the exciting changes to come. Save the dates Candidating Week is Apr. 18-26. Members vote on whether to call the candidate as our new parish minister on Sun., Apr. 26, 12:30 p.m. With excitement for the possibilities ahead, UUCF Parish Minister Search Team
Impressive list of ministerial applicants
Jan. 12, 2015. This is a time when the excitement of unknown possibilities begins to manifest into reality. One week ago, the Unitarian Universalist Association sent us the list of ministers interested in our settled parish minister position. The list of individuals – with their stories, strengths and accomplishments – was impressive. A few relevant facts: 47 UU congregations are now in search. 86 ministers have expressed interest in at least one congregation. UUCF received 23 applications; one quarter of all ministers in search expressed interest in considering our position. Of our 23 applicants: Ministerial experience ranges from 1 to 28 years. And, many of the applicants had significant and impressive careers before coming to ministry. 11 identify as female; 12 male. They come from across the United States. They come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and a variety of family circumstances. At least two applied only to UUCF. The PMST has been studying ministerial records and working feverishly to learn as much as possible about each person. In the next few weeks we will hold Skype/FaceTime interviews with those candidates we believe are the best fits for UUCF. Based on those interviews we will identify and more fully evaluate a much smaller group of pre-candidates, leading to the selection of a final candidate. As a reminder, candidating week will be Apr. 18-26. That’s when the top candidate visits UUCF for the week, preaches at all services on those two weekends and meets lay leaders and staff. The week culminates in a member vote about whether to call the recommended candidate. We have gotten good initial feedback from the applicants about the quality of our Congregational Record, our comprehensive survey results and the high-quality feedback we provided through the small group forums and interviews (for those that did not see this data, it is available here). At this time, PMST communications will become more quiet. We have moved our PMST meetings off the UUCF campus to ensure the privacy of our applicants. We will let you know when our pre-candidates are selected. In the meantime, as always, please reach out to us if you have questions. With love, UUCF Parish Minister Search Team Previous “Search Updates“